Micronutrient Health Blog | SpectraCell Laboratories - September 2013

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What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 also known as Cobalamin is a water soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood.  Vitamin B12 is one of the eight B vitamins. A series of closely related compounds known collectively as cobalamins or vitamin B12 are converted into active forms methylcobalamin or 5-deoxyadenosylcobalamin. Deficiency symptoms of vitamin B12: Deficiency symptoms of vitamin B12 are both hematological (pernicious anemia) ... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, September 19, 2013

Vitamin B6 the common deficiency you may NOT know about!

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B complex group. The vitamin is needed to metabolize proteins and is important for a healthy immune system, nerves, bones and arteries.  Vitamin B6 is a complex of three similar molecules: Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal and Pyridoxamine.  All are present in foods and converted into pyridoxal-5-phosphate, the most active coenzyme form.   Vitamin B6's primary functions are in protein metabolism, transferring amino acid and s... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, September 5, 2013